Camille Chua

  • Date: July 22nd, 2016
  • Author: admin


Hi, I’m Camille Chua and I work at Summit Connect (Division of Summit Media Publishing) as a Visual Media Strategist and Storyteller/Illustrator behind the Frillion brand. I love fantasy & sci-fi novels, video games and hiking to name a few.

Why did you decide to become a digital artist?
I wanted to be a digital artist because I’m interested in creating worlds of my own and to tell stories through different mediums, and studying digital art is one more way to add to my skill set.

Why FACA? Why did you choose your course?
I chose FACA because I was studying in a University already and their schedules are perfect for me to juggle with school. The course is also affordable when compared to taking a 4-year course. If you’re disciplined and motivated this is a good course for you.

How has your training in FACA helped you in your current work?
What FACA teaches you most is technical application, and it’s always important to catch up with the new technologies. I took the digital art course and it teaches you all the tools used in digital art in an intensive manner. It helps me at work because I deal with collaborating and/or setting a visual direction for the graphics team to work with, and it’s always easier to do that if you know how they create images with the different Adobe software. Aside from that, I used what I learned to create storyboards & other digital ad collaterals like stickers and concept boards.

What’s the last movie you saw? How was it?
Does Game of Thrones count? Hehehe. They’re like mini movies! Brienne’s and the Greyjoys are still alive, and that’s good enough for me 🙂

Who is your Favorite artist?
I don’t have one favorite artist – It’s hard to pick! Although, I have specific artist per art medium. For Inking I’m currently influenced by Eric Canete & JungGi Kim. For Digital Art/general coloring I’m currently influenced by Satchin Teng & Peter Mohrbacher

What’s the last great book you read?
The last book I’ve read is the Mistborn Series by Brian Sanderson. Definitely a recommendation if you love fantasy sagas! It’s got an interesting magic system, “grey area” characters, a badass heroine and (in my opinion) an epic ending!

What inspires you?
I’m inspired mostly by historical characters & events, tribes, nature and mechanical parts. It helps observing and understanding how stuff works or came to be in order to create interesting art and stories. The most interesting part of art creation is the researching part.

Can you share any experience that has taught you to become better at what you do?
This isn’t really a “problem” but something I’ve learned through experience. Sometimes artists can be hermits in a way that we’re so attached to the art creation process. I’ve realized that I should also devote some time to talk with other artists and expose myself to other art and to collaborate. It’s a must to become better at what you do because it exposes you to “what’s working” and “what isn’t” in the industry, which you can use to guide you throughout your art pursuit.

What do you do, tell us about your work?
Summit Connect is a digital ad agency that creates digital campaigns and handles digital accounts (websites, social media, etc.) for brands. A Visual Media Strategist creates the aesthetics of brand’s campaigns in collaboration with client, content manager and business development officer in order to hit client objectives. I basically try to understand what client wants and then provide direction for the graphics team to follow. I also occasionally handle data and analytics to see what works and what doesn’t in terms of digital aesthetics, as well as do concept and storyboards.

Do you critique your own work?
I think every artist should critique their own work. Sometimes the harshest critic is yourself. It’s easier to critique yourself if you have a few specific goals & specific artists you want to emulate. If you have those, it’s easier to put a baseline of standard to compare your work with.

What do you do to get into your creative zone?
This is hard for me to answer because I’m always thinking about new ideas and concepts. I have a notebook to write my ideas down and come back to them to decide whether it’s a good idea to follow through in creating art for that idea or not. If you have a lot of areas that inspire you, an art block won’t be a problem for you. If I DO get an art block, I always try to read up on something or watch a show or movie that’ll bring back the inspiration.

How do you see yourself 10 years from now?
My goals are simple – I see myself still making art. I have a dream to work from home just so that I’ll have more flexibility in juggling all my interests together (advertising/marketing & art). I have some art projects in mind maybe like a folio or story that I’d want to create in the future to build my art brand, Frillion.

What advise can you give to people who aspire to become a digital artist like you?
Hmm…embrace failures. Make a lot of failures, because if you don’t it means you’re not even trying. Make friends and be an encourager – our industry is small, if you’re a nice person, it’ll automatically increase your chances of getting into the business because our job involves working with other people.

Check her artworks at the Asia Pop Comic-Con on August 26-28 2016 at SMX convention center
IG & Tumblr: Frillion
FB: Frillion (artist)